About Soul Shop
Many people go to their religious leader when they are struggling with the loss of a loved one by suicide or if they may be having thoughts of suicide. Soul Shop™ is a one-day training workshop designed to equip clergy, staff, lay pastors, and faith-based clinicians with the resources and guidance they need to foster hope and healing in their community.
The goal of this workshop is to familiarize participants with the incidence and impact of suicide on their faith communities, and train them to address issues related to suicide. After the training, the participants will be able to address issues related to mental health and suicide prevention as a regular aspect of their life and work. Overall, the workshops will lead to an ongoing, strategic effort to shift the way that faith communities address and support those who may be struggling with suicide loss or thoughts of suicide.
If you’re interested in the intersection of faith and suicide prevention, you might like to watch "This Soul Cried from the Abyss: Biblical, Theological, and Practical Resources for Preventing and Grieving Suicide," a three-part virtual conversation featuring AFSP’s Vice President of Research, Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman, presented by the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Please note, this conversation is not part of the official Soul Shop program.